Jeffrey is mad about parties, Esmeralda is always looking for unusual happenings and Manon loves culture. Every two weeks, they give you the best tips for a great day or evening out in Rotterdam.


Manon’s tip: Nothing to Wear Swap Party

Winter is coming to an end, so it’s time to get your wardrobe ready for spring. Say goodbye to those chunky knits and hallo to floaty blouses and bare legs. For a more original way to supplement your wardrobe than simply walking into H&M, on Sunday 19 March you can check out Rotown. Rotown, you ask? Yes! Rotown is hosting the Nothing to Wear Swap Party. The swap party is a fairly new phenomenon, which I am personally very enthusiastic about. As the name suggests, it’s a sustainable, cheap and fun way to exchange your clothes for new ones. So you kill two birds with one stone: you dispose of your bad buys and immediately fill the vacant space in your wardrobe with new, second hand items. Second hand doesn’t need to be old fashioned and dull. On the contrary, you can sometimes find some real treasures. Don’t worry that you’ll be swapping your designer bag for a Zeeman T-shirt, because there’ll be people checking the quality of all the garments. So, you won’t end up with a dud!

Image credit: Shanna Camilleri

Sunday 19 March // Rotown // Free admission


Jeffrey tipt: Voodoo

The name of this party might make you think of a Haitian religion, but in this case it has a different meaning: ‘Voor Ons, Door Ons’ (For Us, By Us). An organisation founded by and for techno and house fans. The aim of this organisation: to get less well known Rotterdam talents to play at their parties. A win-win situation, because these artistes now got the chance to prove themselves, whilst visitors could party relatively cheaply. At Voodoo in the Ferro Dome on 25 March, the 15 euro admission price is still relatively cheap, but now you also get big headliners like Gary Beck and Boddika. So ideal for students!

Saturday 25 March // Ferro Dome // 15 euros


Esmeralda’s tip: Nieuw Geld

Calling all business administrators dreaming of a job as a CEO! Of course it’s fantastic to be in control of a big multinational like Unilever, but don’t forget the disadvantages. These are revealed by Victor Löw, better known as one of the leaders of the Verleiders, in the show Nieuw Geld. At 8.00 p.m. on Thursday 30 March, the ‘brainwashing power’ of capitalism is portrayed in a surprising and pointed way in the Oude Luxor Theater on Kruiskade.

Thursday 30 March// Oude Luxor Theater // 16.50 euros – 27.50 euros